Students returning to the UK in record numbers

Students returning to the UK in record numbers



  eTN Article:

Students are returning to the United Kingdom in record numbers. Over 6.9 million passengers traveled through the UK’s only hub airport in September, landing Heathrow its 23rd consecutive record month. The surge was driven by passengers returning from their summer breaks and students flocking to the UK to start the new academic year

  • The best performer for passenger growth was North America, up 3.8%. As passengers flew direct from Heathrow to 37 destinations across the US and Canada, the airport celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first-ever transatlantic flight, a de Havilland Comet 4 to New York. North America was closely followed by South Asia (3.1%) and East Asia (1.9%).
  • Cargo volumes grew by 1.2% compared to the same time last year, with the stand out markets being key economic powerhouses – the US, China and Brazil.
  • Heathrow announced its first investment in the restoration of UK peatlands; a project which aims to restore these carbon sinks after decades of neglect. This is just one of the actions that the airport is taking to hit its goal of being carbon neutral by 2020. The move will offset of 22,427 tonnes of CO2 over 30 years – equivalent to nearly 64,000 passenger journeys from Heathrow to New York.
  • In September, Heathrow also announced that Terminal 2 is now powered by entirely renewable means: 124 solar panels on its roof, an on-site biomass boiler using locally sourced forestry waste as well as renewable gas and electricity supplies.
  • The latest ‘Fly Quiet and Green’ results saw Aer Lingus, SAS and BA (short-haul) land podium finishes in the race to be the ‘quietest and greenest’ from April to June this year.
  • The first local polling since the parliamentary vote on expansion revealed that support for the airport’s expansion plan remains strong in local communities, with more local people supporting the plans than opposing them.
  • Heathrow announced a new expansion milestone as 37 companies progressed to the next round in the airport’s search for expansion Innovation Partners.
  • Baggage handlers from Heathrow and British Airways paid tribute to legend Freddie Mercury on his birthday ahead of the upcoming release of the movie BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. Mercury worked as a baggage handler before going on to join Queen.
September 2018
Terminal Passengers
(000s)
 Sep 2018 % Change Jan to
Sep 2018
% Change Oct 2017 to
Sep 2018
% Change
Market            
UK              415 -0.6            3,626 1.1            4,841 1.9
EU            2,477 0.7          20,950 2.6          27,320 2.5
Non-EU Europe              473 -0.9            4,331 -0.2            5,697 0.0
Africa              275 1.2            2,441 4.4            3,274 4.0
North America            1,615 3.8          13,668 3.7          17,842 3.1
Latin America              113 1.7            1,017 4.6            1,339 5.9
Middle East              633 -5.2            5,807 0.8            7,667 2.1
Asia / Pacific              981 1.4            8,700 2.6          11,479 3.4
Total            6,982 0.8          60,539 2.5          79,459 2.6
Air Transport Movements  Sep 2018 % Change Jan to
Sep 2018
% Change Oct 2017 to
Sep 2018
% Change
Market            
UK            3,270 -5.6          29,291 -1.7          39,322 1.0
EU          18,415 -0.7        160,268 -0.2        211,884 -0.0
Non-EU Europe            3,548 -4.1          32,668 -3.1          43,727 -3.0
Africa            1,144 -3.0          10,557 -1.3          14,207 -2.3
North America            7,175 3.6          62,324 2.1          82,451 1.9
Latin America              498 5.5            4,465 6.5            5,900 8.1
Middle East            2,516 -3.7          23,062 -1.8          30,885 -1.2
Asia / Pacific            3,889 4.5          34,970 4.7          46,397 4.2
Total          40,455 -0.4        357,605 0.2        474,773 0.5
Cargo
(Metric Tonnes)
 Sep 2018 % Change Jan to
Sep 2018
% Change Oct 2017 to
Sep 2018
% Change
Market            
UK                63 -45.7              768 -8.1            1,044 -5.8
EU            9,561 2.5          84,123 3.1        114,228 4.3
Non-EU Europe            5,088 -0.0          42,379 7.1          57,051 10.1
Africa            7,005 -1.7          65,711 -2.5          89,823 -0.9
North America          51,691 5.7        460,313 1.8        623,873 3.8
Latin America            4,405 -3.1          37,779 12.5          51,544 16.1
Middle East          21,442 -3.1        191,048 -2.7        263,195 0.5
Asia / Pacific          43,088 -0.7        382,649 2.1        516,222 3.4
Total        142,343 1.2     1,264,771 1.5     1,716,980 3.5

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:

“After the best summer on record, Heathrow continues to be the country’s gateway for millions of people who are vital to the economy. In September, we saw travellers return home after a well-deserved summer break and international students flock to the UK eager to receive a British education.”

Facebook

Twitter

Google+

Pinterest

WhatsApp

Linkedin

Print

Tumblr

Viber

Previous articleDeveloping tourism in Kuwait the Accor way

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

Read the full article: https://www.eturbonews.com/235235/students-returning-to-the-uk-in-record-numbers

 

About eTurboNews

Original eTN articles are editorially regulated according to news values, significance, and accuracy, copyright protected, and independent of any advertising and sponsorship carried unless clearly marked otherwise.




  • Click here for more original content on eTurboNews.
  • Click here to subscribe to the eTN Daily or Weekly e-newsletter.
  • Click here to submit story ideas.